Graduate students are registered in the Programme through the Graduate School in the Faculties of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences.

A student who is accepted, after achieving a high enough standard in the undergraduate degree to complete an Honours degree (the fourth year of study), has to pass four semester-long courses:

  • Contemporary Social Theory (compulsory)
  • Research Design and Statistics (compulsory).

Plus another two courses from electives (courses within Sociology, and listed below), and/or options (in other words approved graduate courses from within the Faculty or another Faculty in the University) - for a list of options you can consult Faculty Graduate Handbooks or the websites of other programmes:

  • Feminism and Gender in South Africa
  • Race Thinking and Thinking about Race
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Health
  • Advanced Social Research Methods

Students who qualify for admission to the Masters degree have a choice between a coursework Masters, or the degree by research dissertation only. The coursework degree requires the completion of two courses (with a strong recommendation that students take the Advanced Research Methods course in Sociology as one of them), and a dissertation counting towards 50% of the mark - this is to be completed within one year (the fifth year of study). Acceptance for a Masters degree by research only will depend on the availability of supervision from amongst staff, and proof of sufficient preparation in research skills from the student.

Applications from Doctoral students are welcomed from suitably qualified students.



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